Jiyah, our black lab

Taking in any animal is a huge responsibility, but taking in a big dog is even more so!  All 70 plus pounds arrived with boundless energy and love.

Our first concern…how would Jiyah react to another dog?  She was our one and only dog in the house and she was so delicate when she arrived five years ago.  Walking her was a painful reminder of every thing frightening.  The crunching of leaves, the work boots, trucks, motorcycles, bikes, children, other dogs, people, branches, wind, and so it went.  She would bolt in any direction at the slightest disturbance.  The first time we attempted a walk, we were only two houses down when she literally launched herself into my chest.  I really believed she wanted me to carry her 45 pounds home.  I didn’t but it would have been easier if I had.  I used to tell her if I was her Kanga then she was my Roo.  She would have been happy to sit in my pouch!

We want and hope many things for our pets..love, health, happiness.  But, I had one more hope…..my hope that one day she would be a “real dog” much like Geppetto wished for a real boy.   Not that she wasn’t a real dog in the sense that she played fetch, ate, barked, walked with me (eventually), rode in the truck, and went to beach.  But, in the sense that she began to believe that she was her own dog, had her own courage, her own likes, and dislikes.  Most importantly that she was confident in her own “dogness.”  It sounds strange, but there is something about her that I felt was missing and it wasn’t something I could give her.  (Even though I thought that I would be all she ever needed.)

Enter Auggie.  A very large, lovable boy who has boundless energy, love and confidence.  Maybe it is just me, but when Jiyah and Auggie walk together she walks easier, a little taller, shoulder to shoulder with Auggie.  Maybe she can be a real dog, like all the other dogs.  Like Auggie, cool, confident, happy!

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